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their investigating an act of terrorism that claimed so many lives. also the bomb factory found in the spect's garage. a bag packed with apparent pipe bombs, crushed cell phones in attempt to erase the electronic trail as we see inside the apartment where they plotted to kill. what the suspects' sister is telling nbc news about the sign wlz something was wrong. tonight richard engel on the kind of attackers on american soil that authorities fear the most and why they are so hard to stop. "nightly news" begins right now. good evening. we begin here tonight and we are seeing for the first time the face of mag eek, the female attacker in san bernardino. she and her husband syed farook live add mong us, walking this
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in this complex and they did the very thing many of us have voiced so often was inevitable, they attacked our country from the inside. the head of the fbi saying today the massacre here on wednesday was an act of terror. the tipping point, a facebook posting from malik in which she pledged allegiance to the leader of isis. tonight we take you inside of the apartment where the husband and wife planned their deadly attack. we also sat down with the suspect's sister giving an in sight into what the life of her sister and brother-in-law were liked and how the people we tush to what happens now in this country. we start with justice williams. >> reporter: just as wednesday's attack on the farook felly county employees, his wife sent an endorsement of isis to
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pledged support for al baghdadi. facebook said the company took her profile down. the fbi director declined to comment on that. but explained why this is now a terrorism investigation. >> the investigation so far has developed indications of radicalization by the killers. and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations. >> reporter: but he declined to specify which terror organizations and said there is no sign the couple was in direct contact with any terrorists here or overseas. >> we have no indication that these killers are part of an organized larger group or formed part of a cell. there is no indication that they are part of a network. >> reporter: comby stressed that the investigation is only about 50 hours old and said there is no way to tell yet what the couple 's intent was, why they attacked the county facility or whether they planned other attacks. an internet media site friendly so isis posted a message
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carried out by two supporters of the islamic state. a road block in the investigation is analyzing computers and cell phones left behind at the couple's apartment in redlands. the fbi publicly acknowledged the devices were damaged. >> i was told they were in a nearby trash can and found by our investigators. >> reporter: investigators here and overseas are delving into malik's past. born in pakistan and raised in saudi arabia and met the man who would become her husband online. she arrived in the united states on a flight to chicago a year ago. a big question for investigators, did she radicalize her husband? and did she come here intending to do that? the fbi has concluded the search of the apartment where the couple lived. officials say they found three more remote control pipe bombs like the one left behind at the scene of the shooting. the fbi director and the attorney general once again urged people to report suspicious behavior. ask if there is something somebody missed that could have
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comby said based on past experience that is reasonably likely. lester. >> and pete, from the moment we learned their names, the husband and wife killers who attacked here have been an aanything ma. much of the past shrouded in mystery. stephanie gosk has the detailed. >> much of the life story remains unknown. >> she was a very, very private person. she kept herself pretty well isolated. conservative. >> the marriage license said she was born in pakistan. at some point the arabia where saudi government sources tell nbc she never raised any red flags. malik returned to pakistan to go to college. studying pharmacy at university, according to reuters. from there it is believed she met farook online. friends say they got married in saudi arabia and obtained a marriage license in
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we spoke with farook's brother-in-law. >> did she make him happy when they were married. did he change. >> they were a happy couple, absolutely. >> reporter: to get to the u.s., the state department granted a k-1 visa or fiancee visa. an application with personal and security information, police certificates from each country she lived in, a medical exam and photos and a passport. >> there are scores of easier ways to come in and overstay visas. this is not one of them. >> kristen welker at the state department today. >> can americans have confidence in the visa processing system. >> yes, they can. this is something our state department and interagency partners look at how we could improve it. we improved it after 9/11 and we continue to improve it. >> reporter: nothing about her visa application raise add larm bells. the fbi says malik and her husband were never
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lawyers for the family said malik spoke broken english. she didn't work and she was a stay-at-home mom and kept to herself. lester. >> stephanie gosk, thank you. and trying to shed light, we are hering from syed farook's sister, telling us about her brother and his wife. here is what she said to chris jansing moments ago. >> what have the last few days been like? >> a bad dream. a horrific nightmare. i want to go back to my normal life. >> how did you find out that your brother was a part of this and your sister-in-law was a part of this? >> i found out on the news. >> what goes through your mind? >> um, shock. disbelief. they have the wrong person. >> and now today the fbi said this is a terrorism investigation which means your brother and his wife are considered terrorists. can you wrap your head around that? >> no. not at all.
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absolutely now idea they were involved in anything like that or they were even capable like that. >> who were the people you knew? >> i mean, my brother, the brother that i grew up with, the shy introvert, kept to himself, quiet. you know, kids that we knew that grew up and got married and his wife was recently here. years. we didn't know her that well. >> did you see anything about him or her that would suggest to you they could be radicalized? >> no. never. >> what was their relationship like with the baby? >> it was great. they were great parents. i mean, my brother used to play with her for hours. she used to laugh as soon as he entered the room and that is the part that bugs us the most. who is going to make her laugh now, you know. she would smile every time she would see her mother and she was nursing her. so, i mean, that is a big thing for a mom to leave a nursing child. >> did you know that he had guns?
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a gun. >> have you even begun to figure out what your emotions are? >> i wish i could cry about it. but i have to keep it together for my kids. for their daughter and for my mother. >> chris jansing with syed farook's sister. richard engel tells us this is exactly the kind of attack isis has been calling for. telling muslims in the u.s. and elsewhere to arm themselves, find targets and attack. richard joins us now. what are you learning about any isis connection here beyond just an inspiration? >> good evening, lester. a u.s. counter-terrorism official tell me that farook was in online communication with isis sympathizers and received messages of encouragement for attack. he said there was not any indication of,
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control, that this was directed by or even ordered by isis. but the investigation is still underway. this appears to have been home grown and a fairly amateurish plot but it shows what terrorists could do when they have access to high-powered rifles. lester. >> richard, thanks. and no one who walked these streets would have any idea one of the houses had a bomb-making factory. miguel almaguer was at the home and has a new look at the evidence. >> reporter: earlier today, a bizarre scene at the suspect's rental home. the land lord doyle miller removing plywood, allowing journalists and showing off where the two lived with their six-month old daughter and the couple's the apartment no longer a crime scene. >> once the residents have the apartment and we're not in it any more, we don't control >> it was broadcast
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>> as you could see, the hard drive is gone. >> reporter: this is where investigators earlier found pipe bombs, ammunition and tools to make ieds. carol lives next door. >> i'm thinking all of that ammo and the pipe bombs, they could have been making a pipe bomb and blow us all up and we didn't even know it. >> police photos show the high-powered rifles and the handguns used to kill. this cruiser hit with gunfire and a tactical belt used to hold ammunition. >> we have several down. >> reporter: tonight detectives are processing the crime scene of the massacre. >> when we entered, there was fresh gunpowder and the smell of gunpowder in the air. >> lieutenant mike madden was among the first to arrive. >> it was unspeakable. the carnage that we were seeing, the number of people who were injured and unfortunately already dead. and the pure panic on the face of those individuals that were still in need to be
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>> reporter: the 26-year veteran will never forget what he witnessed here. >> you can't let your emotions override your judgment. and you need to do the job that we're supposed to do. >> reporter: after arriving at the crime scene, the lieutenant said he waited for three other officers. then as a team they penetrated the building, looking for a possible shooter. lester, they say they trained for situations like this for years but nothing prepared them for what they saw. >> miguel, thanks very much. and we're continuing as we get information on the attacks, those that were killed in the attack, the names have been released. we're also learning so much more about them and all that they leave behind. >> 14 people were killed at the inland regional center, leaving at least 22 children, young and grown, to spend the holidays without a parent. like robert adams, who was planning his 20-month-old daughter's first trip to disneyland next week. and michael wetzel,
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damien meins had two kids of his own and played santa for other children. harry bowman and juan espinosa, both fathers of two. bet beddal, mother of three, fled iran at 18 to escape extremism. >> she came here to have a better life and better education and everything else. and unfortunately it was taken away from her at an early age. >> two women in their 20s, just starting their careers. yvette velasco, an environmental specialist, sierra claiborne, a health inspector. tim nguyen, engaged to be married. her family said she brought happiness to everyone. shannon johnson, described as a fun-loving soul and a protector. and a devoight messianic jew. and another person trained at the building's coffee shop. >> i believe that the world is going to be a much darker place with
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>> the youngest victim was 26-year-old aurora godoy. the oldest, who celebrated his 60th birthday this year. >> he should have came home and sat down on the couch. that is what he does every day. he comes home from work. >> 14 families forever altered, left to share the legacies of the victims. an enormous loss not only to the community but to our country. still ahead, tracking the digital trail of terror. can law enforcement catch up with the way so m woman: it's been a journey to get where i am. and i didn't get here alone. there were people who listened along the way. people who gave me options. kept me on track. and through it all, my retirement never got left behind. so today, i'm prepared for anything we may want tomorrow to be.
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message to pledge allegiance to isis but it is likely no one noticed because it was private. isis is fluent in social media n. just one day last year it posted 40,000 tweets. boasting of its brutality. and recruiting new members through an exploding digital community that offers secret communications with the ability to permanently delete. >> the acknowledge moves faster than law enforcement so we have countless applications being created on a regular basis, all of them more conducive to being secretive. >> in san bernardino, the fbi will look for anything that might tip them off to future attacks or terror suspects. overseas or at home. >> allowing them in the future also to look for certain motives or key words or certain key indicators that may be able to prevent this or be able to be spotted online before it happens. >> reporter: twitter and facebook promised to remove any support for terrorism. but often it is too late. by the time facebook noticed malik's
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how two men entered the building without authorization. hillary clinton made a stop in siouxland today. ktiv's matt breen had a one-on-one with the candidate. and... a summer-time favorite is changing locations. see where awesome biker nights is going to be held. here in southern california, and all across the country, americans are struggling to make sense of difficult times. today, as this community prepares to lay the victims to rest, ceremonies were held for victims of two other mass shootings in the last three weeks. nbc's kevin tibbles look at how americans are trying to cope with these events without giving up hope. >> reporter: today the funeral of a fallen officer taken in last week's mass shooting in colorado springs. and a funeral of young californian, killed in the paris attack.
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san bernardino now prepare for their funerals. >> you don't think it will happen out here. >> reporter: the endless cycle of mass shootings has left people everywhere feeling uneasy and unsafe. monica maine is trying to process it all. >> i'm actually shocked that i'm not shocked. i'm just -- it's wrong. >> reporter: as americans try to adjust to new reality, they worry about becoming numb in a world on violent overload. >> you forget it because you become desensitized to it. >> reporter: this pastor counseled many who survived wednesday's horror. he struggles to find the words to tell his congregation. >> should we ever be numb? no. should we ever get complacent? no. should we ever get used to it? no. and at the same time it is our reality. >> so many of us on emotional lockdown. but the human spirit is also about hope. >> i pray for peace. peace on earth.
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together as a society. >> reporter: as we pay our respects in a time of such uncertainty, the wish that a nation and a world can stand together. kevin tibbles, nbc news, san bernardino, california. >> reporter: and that will do it for us on this friday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for
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night.joining us. i'm robert lowe. in for matt and sheila. one south dakota high school experienced an unsettling incident yesterday. during the lunch hour, two unauthorized individuals entered yankton high school. but, it's what authorties found after they entered the building that's causing concern. ktiv's tommie clark spoke with police and the school district today. tommie what did they have to say about why the two individuals were there? robert, within minutes of entering yankton high school, a staff member says he saw the two individuals and asked why they were there. that's when the red flags began-- they gave false names and different reasons as to why they were at the high school. and now, it's under investigation.
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